Art Maison International
Founded in 1996 under the keyword “East Meets West”, “Art Maison International” is an art book that introduces Japanese art to a wide audience. It has many readers and is highly popular in Europe and other parts of the world.
This book includes works from artists who are held in high repute by individuals and organizations related to art even outside of Japan, and well-known art critics and painters critique the charms of each artwork in order to assist in the appreciation of that respective piece.
Priority is placed on introducing the characteristics of contemporary Japanese art, in an easy-to-understand format, to art lovers around the world.
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Art Commerce HYAKUBE
“Art Commerce HYAKUBE” is a quarterly art magazine that REIJINSHA started in April of 2007 to introduce the culture and art of various places around Japan. The main concept was based on wanting persons who are not especially interested in art to be able to naturally enter the world of art through general articles on culture. A large impetus behind the issue of this publication was a chance visit by Kazuo Noguchi, president of REIJINSHA, the publisher of this magazine, to the Niigata City Historical Museum where he rediscovered how interesting local culture can be. There is innumerable information in local areas that is not known by the country at large and, thus, the goal became to feature one of the 47 administrative divisions in each issue and interweave that with local culture and art.
A fictitious person by the name “Hyakube” serves to introduce the corresponding culture and art. The story is that Hyakube was a fine arts dealer during Japan’s Edo Period (between 2 and 4 centuries ago), and, though an older man, he was still energetic and a good walker. He loved ukiyo-e prints, calligraphy and paintings, pottery, works of art imported to Japan by early European traders, and theater. He also enjoyed delicious food, and each day he visited and walked around various places throughout the country.
One day, by some chance, Hyakube suddenly time-slipped and ended up in today’s Heisei Period. Everything he saw was a culture shock. But he was very curious and loved new things, so seeing so much that was new for the first time turned into nothing but fun. Discovering local culture, modern art and cuisine, events, etc., whatever struck his fancy, Hyakube came to want to tell everyone these stories. And so, he decided to put out a magazine.
The travels of Hyakube, which started from Nagasaki in the spring of 2007. So far, he has set foot in the prefectures of more then 40. “Art Commerce HYAKUBE” serves to introduce things that seem “interesting” from Hyakube’s point of view, whose main vocation is ultimately as a fine arts dealer. This is a magazine with a deep content that enables people to discover things that they think they knew but surprisingly don’t. And in the future as well, it will continue to present unique topics from an original point of view.